Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Let me be very clear: these are not my words, but neither could I say it any better! I offer my summary as points for each of us to consider in these tumultuous times in our nation.
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize author, leading historian of American Presidents, offered these words in a 2017 Commencement Address at Middlebury College in Vermont.
St. Augustine, early church historian (354-430 A.D.), defined a nation as “a multitude of rational beings united by the common objects of our love.”
We live in a time when our nation is terribly torn by conflicting crosscurrents of polarized politics which are the outward sign of a deeper rending of the fabric of our life together…which often are rooted in fear or resentment rather than reason or truth.
How do we find our way through this morass? Only by being reminded of “the objects of our love.” We need to reclaim the objects which unite us: human dignity and worth of all people; fair play; equality of opportunity, not of outcome; all people are created equal; to live in hope and not in fear; liberty and justice for ALL.
Perhaps we can find our way through these difficult times only by living out with each other “the common objects of our love.” Even the person with whom I most stridently disagree might have something worth hearing. Our destruction comes when we take refuge in our certitude, rather than the fearless openness of mind and soul.
It is worth praying, voting, and working for us and our nation to be “united in the common objects of our love.”